‘Low-demand’ Leeds council buildings and services to close for Christmas

Leeds Civic Hall.
Leeds Civic Hall.
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A number of Leeds City Council buildings and services will close over the Christmas and New Year period.

Services with limited or non-essential demand will close from midnight on December 24 and will re-open on Monday, January 4, 2016.

The closures have taken place for the past three years and aims to make savings from reduced energy usage and reduced building costs.

However, council services with a high demand will not close and staff cover will be in place to ensure all key frontline services are maintained. Certain services within child and adult social care will continue, as will refuse collection with some changes to normal collection dates.

Street cleansing and traffic management services will also not be affected.

The council will still be contactable through the customer contact centre and through some of its one stop centres which will remain open, except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when only emergency cover will be available.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council said: “This has been planned in full consultation with staff and trade unions, and has proved to work very well in previous years.

“Making sure vital services are still provided is our priority, but by not opening those buildings with lower demands over the festive period we can make sure public money is not being wasted.

“Any service users requiring alternative arrangements will be contacted directly and the council will still have strong emergency back-up procedures in place.”

For more information about the services affected, click here.